National workers are an “unstoppable force of compassion,” says Gospel for Asia special report

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by KP Yohannan, has been the model for many charities like GFA World Canada, reveals in a new report: National missionaries – those who work in their own countries – are the “new pioneers” of the 21st century, and they are proving to be an “unstoppable force of compassion,” a new report reveals. “More and more, local missionaries are leading ministry projects in their own countries and transforming their own communities,” said KP Yohannan (Metropolitan Yohan), founder of the global mission organization GFA World ( According to the new report from GFA World, National workers: an unstoppable force of compassion, (, there is a natural progression towards “native” workers who understand their own culture, language and neighbors much better than foreign missionaries.

In 2021, there were 430,000 foreign “expatriate” missionaries overseas, compared to 13.2 million national missionaries serving in their home soil, the report said.

National workers “much less expensive”

UNPARALLELED FORCE OF COMPASSION: National missionaries – those who serve in their own countries and cultures – are the “new pioneers” of the 21st century, and they are proving to be an “unstoppable force of compassion,” says a new report ( by the global mission organization GFA World (

National workers also serve in their own countries at much less cost – and with fewer restrictions – than expatriate Western workers who often incur costs associated with emergency medical insurance, security and immigration, as well as safety restrictions on travel, explains GFA World.

It can cost anywhere from $ 50,000 to $ 120,000 a year to support an American family in a developing country – an annual sum that could help support 50 domestic workers.

“National workers live at the same level as the local population,” Yohannan said, “working alongside them, living among them in villages and slums, dressing the same, speaking the same language, eating the same food, drinking from the same well. . “

Today, 80% of the world’s countries are either completely closed or strictly limited to foreigners doing any form of religious work – Afghanistan is one example.

“Again,” said Yohannan, “no matter the closed doors, restrictions, or financial costs, God always calls His people to evangelize, to leave, and to send missionaries to preach the gospel and fulfill the Great Commission. “

The most needy places on Earth

GFA World national workers lead projects in more than 12,000 parishes – or local churches – across Asia. And the organization is also expanding in Africa.

Its employees undergo three years of training before venturing full time to some of the most needy places on the planet, bringing clean drinking water through “Jesus Wells”, initiating education and development projects. health for children, helping poor families generate income and sharing God’s love.

In South Asia, missionary Rainer prayed for two years for a bicycle so that he could encourage and help a group of villages fifteen kilometers from his home. Today, his bicycle has become the local “ambulance”, transporting sick villagers to the nearest clinic.

The GFA World Sisters of Compassion – teams of specialist women missionaries who serve in leprosy colonies – are specially trained in care and counseling. Geeta and her local colleagues clean the wounds of leprosy patients and wash their deformed feet.

“We are doing all of this because of the love of God,” Geeta said.

About Gospel for Asia – now GFA World

GFA World ( is a faith-based global mission agency, helping national missionaries bring life-saving assistance and spiritual hope to millions of people around the world, especially in Asia and Africa, and sharing God’s love . In GFA World’s latest annual report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit oppressed families and their children, free medical camps held in over 1,200 villages and isolated communities, over 4,800 water wells. drinking water drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income – generating Christmas gifts for over 260,000 families in need, and education offering hope and encouragement available in 110 languages ​​in 14 countries through the ministry from the radio. GFA World has launched programs in Africa, starting with compassionate projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit our press room at

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Amanda J. Marsh